CanJam NYC 2017

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Jana Dagdagan  |  Feb 22, 2017  |  10 comments
Over the last six months, I’ve attended RMAF 2016, NYAS 2016, and CES 2017—consisting of predominantly traditional two-channel hi-fi systems and enthusiasts. While that can be enjoyable in its own way, I feel more at home in a room full of headphone enthusiasts. There’s less negativity, less pressure, less unspoken competition for the center seat, and most importantly, less sense of some bizarre imposed hierarchy. This drastic difference was immediately apparent as soon as I stepped foot into the bustling halls of the Marriott. (Over 2000 attendees!)
Jana Dagdagan  |  Feb 17, 2017  |  1 comments
I was thrilled to see Noble at CanJam because I wasn’t able to listen to the Kaiser Encore and Sage which were released last fall at RMAF 2016. Prior to CanJam, the last time anything Noble had graced my ears was the Noble 6 in late 2015. It had been far too long. Their current design concept combines colors and geometric textures in a way that creates, in my view, a very video-gamey look and feel.
Jana Dagdagan  |  Feb 16, 2017  |  2 comments
Echobox Audio is a young, IndieGoGo born company that was founded in late 2015. They had major presence at CanJam and seem to be steadily growing. This is what they showed at CanJam last week...
Jana Dagdagan  |  Feb 10, 2017  |  18 comments
Sonoma Acoustics showed their Model One Headphone System ($5,000) in New York for the first time at CanJam NY this past weekend. It’s the first to use Warwick Audio’s High-Precision Electrostatic Laminate audio transducer (HPEL). The claimed benefit of using the HPEL transducer is that it maintains the usual electrostatic strengths (light weight, great transient response, low moving mass, etc.) but because it’s produced with modern automated manufacturing techniques, it’s more durable, reliable, and matches more consistently.
Jana Dagdagan  |  Feb 10, 2017  |  2 comments
Last weekend, Final Audio Design (S’NEXT) showed their new flagship balanced armature IEM for the first time in the USA: the FI-BA-SST35 (3.5mm, $1249) or FI-BA-SST25 (2.5mm, $1279). The FI-BA-SST is the latest in the FI-BA-SS series and looks very similar to the FI-BA-SS3.
Jana Dagdagan  |  Feb 10, 2017  |  7 comments
San Diego based company 1More saw great success with their flagship Triple Driver IEMs ($99.99) and decided to add one more (!) balanced armature in creating their newest Quad Driver IEMs ($199.99), which will be released in late March.
Jana Dagdagan  |  Feb 09, 2017  |  6 comments
Periodic Audio launched last May and released their first three IEMs at CanJam NYC. I got to chat with founder Dan Wiggins and learned that he worked on the Microsoft gaming headphone and, interestingly enough, the first few Beats headphones when Beats were designed by Monster. He also co-founded Doppler Labs and was previously Principal Transducer Engineer at Sonos and Chief Transducer Engineer at Blue Microphones, among others.
Jana Dagdagan  |  Feb 09, 2017  |  6 comments
I was immediately attracted to the NightOwls upon their release because of AudioQuest’s headphone designer Skylar Gray and his commitment to sustainable design.
Jana Dagdagan  |  Feb 07, 2017  |  18 comments
Hi, InnerFidelity readers! My name is Jana, and I’ve been working with InnerFidelity, Stereophile, AudioStream, and Analog Planet for nearly a year now. This past weekend, I represented InnerFidelity for the very first time at CanJam NYC 2017. Here are a couple compilation videos I took while I was there.
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